One of the reasons many think that Dan Mongiardo will be a great candidate both for the primary, and general elections for Kentucky’s Senate seat in 2010 is his position and name recognition. As Kentucky’s sitting Lt. Governor he has shown an appeal to voters all over the state. Also, many state and national Democrats remember when he almost pulled a monumental upset over Bunning in 2004.
Despite his naysayers, Mongiardo has gotten off to a very good start in this race with his fundraising haul over the last month or so:
FRANKFORT – In a letter to supporters, Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo said Monday that he has raised $420,000 in the first six weeks of his second bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-KY.
Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo, who narrowly lost to Bunning in 2004, said his ability to raise cash ” is a significant statement on the strength of our campaign.” The money was raised between mid February and March 31, Mongiardo said.
As many have suspected, Mongiardo is showing strength in his fundraising numbers and is in a great position to win the nomination and general elections. Now, Democrats await seeing who will be his competition in the primary:
Mongiardo’s announcement of his fund raising prowess came as a Democratic challenger to Mongiardo is likely to be announced soon. Democrats that may enter the primary include Attorney General Jack Conway, State Auditor Crit Luallen and U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles.
While I am waiting to see who else enters this race to endorse a candidate, whomever wants to challenge Dr. Dan better step up pretty quick to keep him from getting much more of a head start.
Much is made of unemployment in the urban areas of America and deservedly so. During the current Bush/Cheney crash urban areas have lost high-paying jobs at a high rate. Now it appears that the folks in rural America are catching up to them in that dubious distinction.
Rural Americans should take a hard look at the results of putting the Bush/Cheney juggernaut in the White House. Despite seeing somewhat of a reprieve the first year of the crash, rural America is now feeling the brunt of the policies wrought from Republican representation:
News reports from around the country, however, shows that rural America is now feeling the full brunt of the recession. Several states report high unemployment rates in rural regions.
Unfortunately some of the rural areas hardest hit are in Oregon, a state which did not vote for Bush/Cheney:
The highest unemployment rate in the state of Oregon in December was Grant County, in Eastern Oregon. Nearly 16% of the workforce there is without a job.
Just look at some states whose rural populations voted for Republicans. Look in Alabama, North Carolina, and Ohio. South Carolina has fared no better:
Orangeburg County had an unemployment rate of 13.6% – and that was only the 13th highest rate among South Carolina’s 46 counties. Rural Allendale County had the state’s highest unemployment rate, 19.7%, up from 17.5% in November.
This is a great country and we will find a way to bounce back but I hope the hard lessons of the Great Depression and the Bush/Cheney years will once again show rural voters in the south and all over the nation that the Republicans practically destroyed their way of life and will continue to if put back in power.
Let me be honest with you. Turning rural America blue will not be easy and will be long long fight. I'm new to blogging with this Soapblox format and will have to learn as I go, but hopefully we will get the hang of it before the 2010 elections. As you can see my writing skills leave a lot to be desired. I feel more comfortable communicating with video and graphics. RDemocrat will do most of the writing here, and we are looking for others to help with that. Thousands of progressives, like iowavoter, in rural Ameica are looking for ways to change their Congressional districts from Red To Blue. Folks like dungaree have a full understanding of what's going on in rural America and Daily Kos commentors like glaser understand our dilemma. It hasn't always been like this. I'm a seventy year old man and I remember folks like John L. Lewis. Now we have folks like Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Bob Corker that want to tear down everything we've worked for in rural America. For progressive that live in rural areas, let me say that I fully understand your frustrations:
Right wing news papers.
Right wing media outlets.
Limited broadband access.
Limited support from the National Democratic Party.
Multi county Congressional Districts.
To often we find Democratic candidates that are really Republican lite and local Democratic parties totally disfuntional. I hope this can become a place where rural progresives can share ideas, inspire each other and keep us updated on their local races. Keep the faith. This is a fight we can win and when we do America will be a better place.
(First member diary on Hillbilly Report. Hope to see many more!!!! – promoted by RDemocrat)
I live in a 28 county congressional district and want to organize the progressive vote. First I need to find the Progressives. I'm wondering if a Facebook group would be a good step to take. I look forward to your advice.